Posts Tagged ‘Slowdive’
The Horrors, Los Planetas, Elika, Lab Partners, Brian Jonestown Massacre & more
Break out the beads and kaftans! We’re kicking things off with a journey into psych, followed by shoegaze classics and whatnot. Enjoy!
1. Lab Partners – Magnify
Dayton crew starts us off with some driving overloaded psych riffage.
2. The Tamborines – Black And Blue
Ringing indie pop outta London.
3. The Warlocks – The Dope Feels Good
Soundtrack to a “drug party scene” in a bad 60s movie shot in an LA flophouse.
4. Sleepmask – Black Depression Blues
5. The Red Plastic Buddha – Daisy Love
Chicago band strums some sunny sunshine psych-pop that brings BJM to mind. See below…
6. The Volta Sound – The Ride
Ohio band channelling some sweet Velvet Underground.
7. The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Illuminomi
A hippy gem off their latest compilation. Complete, with flutes, vibes, and- is Anton singing in French?
8. The Horrors – Endless Blue
And now for something different from the brilliant Skying album. Just wait for the killer dark shoegaze assault at 1:40.
9. The Voices – West Coast Turnaround
I live for murky extended jams like this one from their excellent Death Of A Lover’s Song.
10. Los Planetas – La Caja Del Diablo
Head trip from Granada, Spain.
11. Fleeting Joys – You Are The Darkness
Classic recent-wave shoegaze from this band’s great Occult Radiance.
12. Philip James – Nostalgia
Local boy mixes waves of guitar noise with lots of vocal reverb. Gets in your head, this one.
13. Chapterhouse – Pearl
One of the all-time shoegaze classics, and we wait 80 episodes to play it! Had to be done.
14. Slowdive – Good Day Sunshine
A mysterious, drifting tune very ahead of its time when it came out in ’93.
15. Elika – You’re Not Safe At All
Beautiful ballad with washes of guitar noise over gently insistent vocals.
16. Nowhere Again – Hardman Square
What do all these bands have in common?
They all released records with Alan McGee’s Creation Records. Check out the Upside Down trailer. DVD will be available in May.
Autolux, The Blanket Ghost, Collider, The Boo Radleys, No Joy & more
1. Bottle Of Evil – Conversation
Dreamy Scottish indie. Feeling a bit of Doves here but not sure why.
2. Slowdive – 40 Days
Working in some more classics. We haven’t played this band since the very first episode – criminal! Timeless and lovely.
3. Anne – Summer Babies
Vocals remind me of Duncan Sheik (!) but this dream pop off their Demo is first rate.
4. The Blanket Ghost – l o o k a t t h e s t a r s
Cool off-kilter noise pop. With a name using the required words “Ghost”, “Crystal” or “Girls”, these guys are sure to make it big.
5. Autolux – Supertoys
Yes. Transit Transit is out August 3 and it looks they haven’t lost their touch over the years.
6. The Boo Radleys – Rodney King
Another neglected ST2 fave. Love this track’s distorted groove from their masterpiece Giant Steps.
7. Bloody Knives – Hands Around My Neck
Glam-gaze from those weird kids in Austin.
8. Collider – !Ex Ex!
Righteous melodic shoegaze rock and roll from the fantastic Strobos EP, available on their Bandcamp.
9. Weed Hounds – Skating Away From The Cops
C86-inspired anthem by New Yorkan band. More please.
10. Caucus – Sing (Half Dreaming)
Came across this nice pop track off the great Half Dreaming Asian shoegaze comp. Pretty good English singing for a Japanese band!
11. The Morning After Girls – Death Processions
Last year’s Alone yielded some good tunes, but loud dark arena rock and roll fans should turn this one up.
12. Cherryblades – Everyday Is Extreme
13. Amazing Baby – Head Dress
Baroque melodic Britpop from Brooklyn with some nice glam guitar. Better than it sounds.
14. The High Dials – Book Of The Dead
Light psych that’s hooked me since first seeing them as mainly-mod The Datsons. Off this year’s good Moon Country album.
15. No Joy – No Joy
Hard to pin this one down. Loud, distorted Archers of Loaf-indebted rock.
16. Turzi – Baltimore
Party like it’s 1993 with this Bobby Gillespie-guested big beat track. Also better than it sounds.
17. How To Destroy Angels – Parasite
You-know-who brings the broken dark noise. Been kicking this around for a while now…pick up the free EP on his site.
18. Indian Jewelry – Lost My Sight
Swirl in to the dark digital void with this pummeling trance psychedelia. And for the last time – better than it sounds.
A few weeks back, Drowned In Sound did a full week of posts on a type of music we like a lot. Yep, shoegaze.
Digesting it all hasn’t been easy. Particularly since it inspired us to discover tons of new stuff. We’ve recapped a lot of what they discussed and encourage you to click on the links to find out more.
DiS starts with an overview of the genre, then dives into interviews with pioneer Neil Halstead (Slowdive, Mojave3) and current leading light Ulrich Schnauss. Like virtually everyone, they don’t like pigeonholed into representing — or playing — just one type of music.
Ulrich sums it up: “I still feel like I’ve only just started and am still in the process of developing the basics of my ‘musical language’…slowly, over the years I feel like I’m getting closer to a sound that is not so heavily dependent on taking ingredients from the music I grew up with.”
The new psychedelia
I was struck by something Northern Star Records boss Scott Causer said - that shoegaze acts are an extension of psychedelia. It’s no revelation, but when people think of psych bands, many that spring to mind are the ones that imitate the late 60s/early 70s sound.
I feel shoegaze of the late 80s and 90s continued to evolve psychedelic music, and today’s best bands are evolving it further. If you’d like to go even deeper into the discuss of what is and what isn’t shoegaze, go for the interview with Andy Oliver of the Third Wave Collective.
See here for some drool-worthy takeaways:
- Free Northern Star sampler including brilliant Nova Saints track
- Unconventional list of 5 shoegaze albums everyone should own – including Canada’s own Southpacific!
- 50 essential shoegaze albums on Spotify
- Shoegaze mixtape of best 40 tracks
Of course I don’t agree with a lot of the selections, but if you read the comments, neither does anyone else!
To me, that’s a sign of great music – it inspires people to talk about it into the wee hours.